Thursday, 14 August 2008
5 Birthdays in 5 Countries
I haven't really thought about it as such until today, but my last 5 birthdays have been in 5 different countries. At 28, I was in Northern Ireland staying with a loser boyfriend and his family and my mom was there to visit. At 29 I was back home in Chicago and my best friend had a party for me. About two weeks later I moved to Leeds, England to begin studies for my MA. At 30, I had a party for myself with my new friends and classmates in England. At 31, my fiance (husband to be 2 weeks later) picked me up from work and took me to a lovely restaurant for dinner on Auckland Harbour. And now, at 32, my husband (of almost 1 year) is taking me out to dinner at our favourite local Thai restaurant in a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, where we have settled permanently. It's almost unreal. It's not as though I was travelling to exotic and different places just for my birthday; I was living in them, making my way through my life, in a strange pattern that landed me here in Australia at the end of my journey.